Dubai tests maiden flight of the world’s first self-flying taxi was held at a location near Jumeirah Beach Park
Dubai made aviation history on 25th September 2017, Monday afternoon with the first “proof of concept flight” of its new two-seater, self-flying taxi in an aerial test in Jumeirah Beach Residence area.
Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai witnessed the maiden flight of the Autonomous Air Taxi (AAT), according to a statement by Dubai Government Media Office.
The Autonomous Air Taxi will be used as the world’s first self-flying taxi service to be introduced by Dubai’s Road and Transport Authority (RTA), noting that the aerial taxi will shuttle passengers across the city without a pilot.
Built by Volocopter, a German specialty manufacturer of autonomous air vehicles, the aircraft’s aerial test comes seven months after plans for a self-flying taxi were unveiled at the World Government Summit in Dubai. Word of Dubai’s leap into the future of automated aerial taxis made headlines around the world at the February summit.
“After the remarkable success of the first driverless metro in the region, we are glad to witness today the test flight of the Autonomous Air Taxi. This is another testament to our commitment to driving positive change. We are constantly exploring opportunities to serve the community and advance the prosperity and happiness of society.” said Sheikh Hamdan in a statement.
You won’t need paper tickets to visit.
Dubai Frame The new landmark will be open to the public by November.
Eng Hussain Lootah, Director General of Dubai Municipality, said testing and operations launch of Dubai Frame will be at the end of October, and it will open to the public in November. He confirmed that the Dirhams 160 Million project, expected to attract Two Million visitors annually, is only missing the final touches.
Measuring 150 metres high and 93 metres wide, the rectangular structure located in Zabeel Park is expected to become an iconic symbol added to an array of landmarks in Dubai such as Burj Khalifa and Burj Al Arab.
The two parallel towers of the frame are linked by a glass bridge through which visitors will have a bird’s eye view of old Dubai as they look towards Karama, Umm Hurair, Bur Dubai and Deira. As they turn around, visitors will see the high-rise towers and development projects of new Dubai in contrast including Burj Khalifa, Emirates Towers and Sheikh Zayed Road among other landmarks.
New concept of Smart tickets at Dubai Frame is that Dubai expects its residents and visitors to be smart, too. The Dubai Frame will open in November, and it will be a paperless offering. The government’s move to create a smart city also entails a population that is adept with smart technology. Hence the attraction will not have paper tickets; the smartphone will have it instead.
Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque receives 254,000 visitors in August
The Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi received approximately 254,000 visitors from across the world in August, according to figures released on 28th September.The Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque Centre’s monthly report revealed that it organized many charitable and humanitarian events, cultural lectures and training courses, in line with its pioneering cultural role and its efforts to uphold the values of tolerance and co-existence.
The Centre also received a new batch of university students and alumni for its programme ‘Ibn Al Dar’, Son of the Nation, with 12 participants for the second session this year.
The programme supports the rehabilitation of national cadres working in the field of cultural tourism, with the number of participants since the launch of the programme now up to 73 trainees, 52 of whom graduated to work in this field.
The Centre oversees the training of cultural tourism specialists at the Sheikh Zayed Mosque in Fujairah, in both Arabic and English, in compliance with international performances and quality standards.
The Centre’s mission is to provide the appropriate atmosphere for religious ceremonies and a destination that would showcase the heritage of the late Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan.
An exclusive look of Dubai’s latest Tesla Taxis
Next time you want to hire a limousine through Dubai Taxi service, look out for the latest Tesla’s that have hit the streets of Dubai recently.
Fifty Tesla electric vehicles have been operational since September 2017 – 25 of those are sedan Model S and the remaining are SUV Model X. An additional 75 vehicles will be supplied in 2018 and 75 others will be delivered in 2019. This is part of a deal signed last February for adding 200 Tesla cars to Dubai Taxi’s limousine fleet by 2019.
“This initiative is in line with the vision of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, to make Dubai the smartest city in the world, support its green economy and to turn 25% of the trips in the Emirate Autonomous,” said Ammar Rashid Al Breiki, Acting Corporate Administrative Support Services Director, Dubai Taxi Corporation.
Model (X) has certain distinguishing features such as falcon wing doors, panoramic windshield and a seven-seat configuration. Model (S) has garnered the largest possible rating of safety as it can cover the longest distance amongst electric vehicles.
At The Top, Burj Khailfa gets a digital facelift
The region’s most visited star-attraction At The Top, Burj Khailfa, has gotten bigger and better with its new digital makeover. In addition to expanding its reception area four times it’s original size. Visitors now step into the spacious lobby with several ticketing counters as well as digital self-ticketing kiosks.
In a bid to enhance the visitor experience, the At The Top, Burj Khalifa has been digitized usingstate-of-the art technology “The Movement Art wall”, is a giant video wall that creates art work using body movement as you walk close to it. There are ceiling connects and sensors that are triggered by motion and get interactive. The one-of-a kind custom-made digital LED wall for Burj customers to take pictures (LED wall for digi photos) and super-impose them on different day and night shots of the Burj Khalifa.
Visitors then pass by the ‘Dubai Then & Now’ digital tunnel, which provides an audio-visual narration of five key eras of Dubai’s history. “It starts with eternal Dubai that celebrates the emirate’s glorious heritagethough the city’s transition phase from 1840 to 1890; the trading era of 1890 to 1950; the modern era from 1950 to 2000, and Dubai today, providing a powerful picture of the achievements of the city.
The last section of the tour shows a replica of Burj Khalifa titled “Elements of the Burj”. It comes to life with digital projections in four different themes – cloud, water, sand and glass – providing visitors a feel of the vastness and height of the tower.
Dubai Police unveil flying bike, robotic vehicles
Battery-operated ‘Hoversurf’ can be used for responding to emergency situations
The ‘Hoversurf’ on display at Dubai Police Stall at GITEX Technology Week at Dubai World Trade Centre.
In an impressive display of advanced technology at their disposal, Dubai Police on Sunday revealed a Robocop, an auto Police Patrol, and a flying motorbike at Gitex. The new flying bike ‘Hoversurf’ can be used for responding to emergency situations. It works on electricity and can fly at five metres height and carry a policeman during emergency situations and heavy traffic. The bike can also fly without a passenger and can go up to 6 kilometres. It can fly for 25 minutes and can carry up to 300 kg of weight at a speed of 70km/h, First Sergeant Ali Ahmad Mohammad from the VIP Security Department in Dubai Police told Gulf News.
Dubai Police also unveiled a smart motorbike with multiple cameras capable of spotting reckless drivers.
“The smart motorbike has eight cameras to take pictures and videos of violating vehicles. The battery-operated motorbike has a maximum speed of 200km/h,” said Huda Hassan, an Emirati policewoman.
The motorbike has been developed in co-operation with Dubai Police and Japanese company Mikasa.
Brigadier Al Razooqi said the police force has also unveiled robotic vehicles which will be equipped with biometric software to scan for wanted criminals and undesirable elements.